13 June 2012    


Our backcountry hikes are evaluated, using the Swiss scale of difficulties (SAC).

  1. The overall rating of the backcountry hikes is related to the most difficult part of each hike.
  2. The indication is made at good weather-, snow- and visibility conditions.
  3. The evaluation refers exclusively to the part of splitboarding / skiing.
  4. Alpine challenges (e.g. , hikes to the summit, climbs) are described in the text part of the hike. For climbing sections will be used the UIAA-Scale.


EvaluationSteepnessExposed AreasTerrain Uphill/DownhillNarrow sections

L (+) 

 up to 30°No exposed areas

Soft, hilly, flat ground 

No narrow sections


WS (+-) beginnerover 30°Short slides in case of slams

soft tapering Mostly open backcountry with short scarps, obstacles with possibility to escape, (kickturns necessary)

Short narrow sections, not steep

ZS (+-) intermediateover 35°Longer slides in case of slams, possibility to stop (danger of injuries)


Short scarps, without possibility to escape, obstacles in moderate steep areas, requires good splitboarding/skiing, (safe kickturns necessary)

Short narrow sections, quite steep

S (+) advancedover 40°

Long slides in case of slams, sometimes straight to scarps (Danger to Life)

Scarps without possibility to escape, many obstacles in steep area, requires very good splitboarding/skiing

Long narrow sections, short turns can be done by good riders

SS (+-) experts

over 45°

Long slides in case of slams, straight to scarps (Danger to Life)

Overall very steep area with lots of obstacles and rocksteps in between

Long, very steep and narrow sections, short turns, will be followed by “jumping turns” sometimes no turns possible

AS (+-)
pros / kamikaze

more 50°

Very exposed, slam can cause death easily

Really steep faces or couloirs, no possibility to relax during descent.

Long, very steep and narrow sections, as well as rock steps “jumping turns” necessary

more 55°

Extremly exposed, absolutely forbidden to fall

Extreme Faces and Couloires 

Rappeling can be necessary